Keeping up to date with our ever increasing digital presence in the networked sociosphere can be the very definition of multi-tasking. Three new EasyNote laptops from Packard Bell have been designed to help, having a dedicated social networking feature which brings together all the various sites into one useful interface. Other features include the latest Intel Core processors, up to 640GB of storage and either NVIDIA or ATI discreet graphics processors.

The new EasyNote M series laptops from Packard Bell will be available in Europe shortly and will come in three display sizes - the 14-inch EasyNote NM, the 15.6-inch EasyNote TM and the 17.3-inch EasyNote LM. The high definition 16:9 aspect Diamond View LCD displays are powered by either an ATI or NVIDIA discreet graphics processor, depending on which configuration is chosen.

Intel Core i3 to i7 processors are available, up to 640GB storage and up to 8GB of memory. A choice of silver, black, white and red with a mix of matt (to help reduce those annoying greasy fingerprints) and glossy finish is on offer, as well as a built-in high resolution webcam for video conferencing and a fine-tip keyboard with numeric keypad and multi-gesture touchpad. The new family will also ship with either a DVD optical drive or optional Blu-ray.

Take control of social networking

The most intriguing feature though is the Packard Bell Social Networks option that launches a special sidebar on the right of the screen for interacting in real-time with a host of social networking sites like Flickr and Facebook (although Twitter isn't mentioned it would be remiss to exclude it). With the click of just one button users have one combined portal to an update and management tool, a status indicator and networked gaming.

Loading in photographic snapshots to the devices is taken care of via the multi card reader and tweaking before upload undertaken via the included Adobe Photoshop Elements. Onward connectivity to HD televisions is provided by an HDMI port and the laptops also benefit from enhanced control keys to control media playback.

Pricing will be determined by chosen configuration but Packard Bell expect the EasyNote NM to start at an estimated EUR549 (about US$722), the TM at an estimated EUR599 (about US$788) and the LM at an estimated UER649 (about US$854). Actual technical features may vary according to country, more details will be available on Packard Bell's website in the very near future.

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